The museum opened in 2007 and since then has seen more than four million visitors and hundreds of exhibitions, according to its website. The institution drew from the collection of Ullens, a Belgian billionaire who has been amassing art, including major Chinese works, for more than three decades. Ullens will be putting some of his artworks up at auction or selling them via private sale later this year. “I’m now in my 80ss and need to look at how to hand over the stewardship of the UCCA and my art collection to younger patrons of the arts,” Ullens said, while also promising to continue to back the museum until a buyer can be found. In 2013, the Wall Street Journal
reported that Ullens’s collection numbered in the thousands. And under the patronage of Ullens, the UCCA
has been the site of numerous important exhibitions, for both Chinese and Western artists.
08 Recent satellite imagery shows that ISIS destruction of antiquities in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, located in northern Iraq, has continued unabated.
The images, taken on June 3rd, reveal that ISIS has continued to level the Temple of Nabu, particularly the main entrance. As has been the terrorist organization’s practice, the group has videos documenting its haphazard destruction of the historic site. “In general, it seems that they [Isil] do not have the knowledge to distinguish between modern reconstructions of buildings and the ancient remains,” Colin Renfrew, an archaeologist at Cambridge, told The Art Newspaper. “They display a formidable ignorance. But when explosives and bulldozers are used, some serious damage can be done.” The destruction of heritage sites and antiquities by ISIS, particularly in the recently recaptured Syrian city of Palmyra, has met with worldwide condemnation. When not demolishing antiquities, the group also traffics them—though how much income the organization receives from such looted objects remains a source of contentious debate.
09 The site slated to host next week’s Liverpool Biennial has been hit by an arson attack.
The empty building in Liverpool, known as the Saw Mill and once the site of a nightclub, burst into flames Friday night after someone deliberately set the building ablaze, according to police. The damage was significant enough that planners of the Liverpool Biennial, which begins July 9th, were sent scrambling in search of another location in which to show a new video installation by Turner Prize-winning artist
. “We’re disappointed not to be able to show Mark Leckey’s work at the Saw Mill during this year’s Liverpool Biennial due to a fire at the venue over the weekend,” said Sally Tallant, the Biennial artistic director, adding, however, that they are “very excited” to be presenting Leckey’s work at another location in Liverpool.
10 German collector Thomas Borgmann has donated 600 works to Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.
Among the numerous works are pieces by contemporary artists including
. Borgmann’s donation dramatically boosts the Amsterdam museum’s collection of the contemporary art. “The composition of the gift matches the diversity of the art produced over the last 20 years, encompassing paintings, installations, collages, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and films,” the museum said in a statement. “Of particular note is the large scale of many of the pieces.” The donation from Borgmann, who used to run a gallery in Cologne, notably includes all of ’s
16mm film works. A selection of the donation is slated to go on view in an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum
sometime in 2017.